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Pope Meets With NBA Players, ACC/Big 10 Coaches Won’t Wear Suits, Goff Overshadows Brady In Rams Win

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Pope Francis met with a small delegation of NBA players and officials from the National Basketball Players Association to discuss social justice issues. The meeting took place at the request of the Pope, so he could learn more about the issues and what the NBA planned for the future. The last-minute meeting at the Vatican included the following players: Kyle Korver, Sterling Brown, Marco Belinelli, Jonathan Isaac, and Anthony Tolliver.

In college basketball, the ACC and Big Ten coaches decided to wear casual clothes instead of their traditional suits during games. Iona’s Rick Pitino said “I’m definitely not wearing a suit. Why would you want to wear a suit when there are no fans at the games?”

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On Monday Night Football, the LA Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff overshadowed Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a 27-24 win. Goff threw for three touchdowns and 376 passing yards in this important NFC West matchup.

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Burrow Out For Season, Hill Leads Saints, JuJu Steps On Officials’ Flag, Mahomes Last Minute TD, Jets Lose Again

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The #1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, Joe Burrow, is out for the season after suffering what looks to be an ACL injury to his left leg. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback went down in the 3rd quarter, and the Bengals ended up losing 20-9 to the Washington Football Team. Burrow knew his injury was bad even before the game was over when he tweeted “Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year.”

In more injury-related news, quarterback Taysom Hill started for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday replacing Drew Brees who suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung from last week’s game. Hill led the Saints to a 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and hushed some of the criticism surrounding the decision to start him.

In what appears to be a very minor injury, Pittsburgh Steelers JuJu Smith-Schuster injured his ankle from stepping on an officials’ flag in a 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Smith-Schuster is expected to play in the Steelers Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Steelers and Ravens.

In an exciting Sunday night game, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes produced a spectacular 75-second game-winning touchdown drive to edge the Las Vegas Raiders 35-31.

As expected, the NY Jets lost again (0-10). To no one’s surprise, they are now officially eliminated from playoff contention.

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Edwards, Wiseman, Ball Selected Top 3 In NBA Draft, Israel’s Deni Avdija 9th Pick, NFL Teams In Intense COVID Protocol, Canó Out For 2021

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There were no surprises in the top three picks of the NBA draft Wednesday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards, the Golden State Warriors selected James Wiseman, and the Charlotte Hornets picked LaMelo Ball. LaMelo and his brother Lonzo (New Orleans Pelicans) made history by becoming the first pair of brothers selected in the top 5 of the NBA draft. For the full draft lineup, click here.

In other draft news, the Washington Wizards chose Israel’s Deni Avdija with the ninth overall pick. Avdija is the highest draft pick ever out of Israel. ESPN analyst Mike Schmitz remarked on air that Avdija could be the potential steal of the draft.

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The NFL announced all 32 teams will operate on intensive COVID-19 protocols for the rest of the season. The restrictions include face masks worn at all times, meals served grab and go style, and prohibitions on socializing away from the facility (which could put crimps on Thanksgiving plans).

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New York Mets’ Robinson Canó received his second suspension for use of a banned substance and will be suspended for the entire 2021 season.

 

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March Madness In Indy, Harden Turns Down Extension, Paul To Suns, Ryan/Rob Buy Team, Vikings Over Bears

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The NCAA announced its 68-team tournament, March Madness, will take place in one city (essentially creating a bubble) in 2021. The city will likely be Indianapolis, where the Final Four was scheduled to take place. The NCAA had to cancel March Madness earlier this year and lost a reported $375 million.

In NBA news, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden turned down a $103 million extension on top of his current three years $133 million. With the new salary, he would have become the first $50 million per year player in league history. Harden has clearly stated he wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

In other trade news, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns.

SOCCER

Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought the fifth-division English soccer team, Wrexham AFC. Reynolds and McElhenney plan to invest heavily in the club and promote the team with a documentary series. Their celebrity status and social media following will also likely help the team garner attention and fans.

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The Minnesota Vikings edged out the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in a pretty uneventful game. The Vikings have now won three games in a row, while the Bears have lost four straight. Minnesota 19, Chicago 13

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GM Kim Ng Makes History, Dustin Johnson Wins Masters, Murray/Hopkins Hail Mary, Alex Smith Starts, Steelers Undefeated

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The Miami Marlins hired Kim Ng as their new general manager. Ng has made history as the first woman hired to a GM position by any professional men’s sports team in North America.

GOLF

Dustin Johnson won the Masters in historic fashion. His 20 under par is the best in the history of this event.

In other golf news, the sport has become more hugely popular during this pandemic.  Just in the month of September, 25.5% more golf rounds were played this year over last year. The rationale is that it’s a perfect quarantine activity since you can be socially distanced and enjoy the fresh air.

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The highlight from Sunday’s NFL games was watching Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray throw a hail mary pass to DeAndre Hopkins to win the game as time was running out. Check it out. Arizona 32, Buffalo 30

In another entertaining game, quarterback Alex Smith took the field for the Washington Football Team for his first NFL start since 2018. After an improbable comeback from 17 surgeries and an almost amputation, Smith led his team back from a 21-point deficit before losing to the Detroit Lions on Matt Prater’s 59-yard field goal. Detroit 30, Washington 27

Thanks to 333 yards and 4 touchdowns from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers are now 9-0 on the season. Steelers 36, Bengals 10.

 

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The Weeknd To Perform At Super Bowl, Colts Score In 2nd Half To Beat Titans, Officials Forgot 1st Quarter, Abreu/Freeman MVP Awards

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The NFL announced three-time Grammy Award winner, The Weeknd, will perform at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show on February 7th, 2021.

On Thursday Night Football, the Indianapolis Colts were down 13-17 to the Tennesse Titans after the first half but then scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to win 34-17.  The oddest part of the game was when the entire officiating crew forgot to blow the whistle after the first quarter was over. No one knew what was happening, so the Titans ran an extra play. The play was recalled at the beginning of the second quarter.

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The Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu and the Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman took home the Major League Baseball MVP awards.

 

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Maryland/Ohio State Cancelled, Masters Begins Today, Bieber/Bauer Win Cy Young Awards

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The Maryland/Ohio State game has been canceled (not postponed) due to eight Maryland players testing positive for COVID-19. There are 7 other major college football games either canceled or postponed this upcoming weekend.

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The Masters golf tournament begins today at Augusta National in Georgia. The Masters is traditionally played in April, but due to the pandemic was pushed back to November. CBS will air the tournament for the 65th consecutive year.

BASEBALL

Good news for Ohio fans. The Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber was the unanimous pick for the American League Cy Young Award (awarded annually to the best pitchers in each League), and Cincinnati Red’s Trevor Bauer grabbed the award for the National League. With the win, Bauer becomes the first pitcher in Reds history to win this prestigious award.

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Greatest Golf Shot Ever, Tiger’s Champions Dinner, SEC Matchup Postponed

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It’s a tradition on the 16th hole of the Masters during practice rounds to skip your shot on the water. When Jon Rahm did this on Tuesday (his birthday), he made a remarkable hole in one. Click here for one of the greatest golf shots ever.

The Masters officially begins on Thursday. One of the traditions during Masters’ week is the Champions Dinner. The winner of the previous year’s tournament gets to choose the meal. Tiger Woods is the current champion so had the honor of picking the menu. He chose the Augusta sushi roll (with shrimp and tuna), steak and chicken fajitas, and flan and churros for dessert. It was all complimented by Shafer Chardonnay and Cabernet.

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The highly anticipated SEC matchup between #1 ranked Alabama and defending champion LSU will be postponed because of COVID-19 issues. Texas A&M and Tennessee will also be postponed. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey stated, “While it is unfortunate to have multiple postponements in the same week, we began the season with the understanding interruptions to the schedule were possible and we have remained focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our programs.”

 

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Pats Beat Jets, Jets 0-9, NBA Draft Nov 18th, LaMelo Ball Expected #1 Pick

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The New England Patriots barely eked out a win over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Nick Folks 51-yard field goal sealed the win for the Pats handing the Jets their 9th loss of the season. The Jets are now 0-9 for the first time in team history. The good news is their dismal record makes them primed to have the first pick in the NFL draft, and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence could be their new quarterback. Patriots 30, Jets 27

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With the new season of the NBA set for a December 22nd start, the League announced the NBA draft will take place on November 18th. As of now, it looks like LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, and James Wiseman could be the top three picks with the Minnesota Timberwolves (unless they trade down) having the first choice.

 

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Notre Dame Takes Down Clemson, Alabama #1, Mahomes Fastest To 100, Steelers Undefeated, Bucs Destroyed, Chase Wins NASCAR Cup

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On Saturday, #4 ranked Notre Dame took down #1 ranked Clemson (playing without quarterback Trevor Lawrence who tested positive for COVID-19) in a thrilling double overtime. In the 47-40 loss, Clemson had its first regular-season defeat in 36 games.

In other college news, Alabama jumped into the #1 spot, and Notre Dame moved up to #2 in the latest AP poll. Ohio State, Clemson then Texas A&M round out the top five.

Here are a few highlights of the NFL weekend games:

In a nailbiter win over the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the fastest quarterback in league history to throw 100 touchdown passes. Mahomes reached this goal in 40 games, surpassing Dan Marino’s 44 game record set in 1986.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and are the only NFL team to remain undefeated this season. They are now 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got destroyed 38-3 on Sunday night by the New Orleans Saints. The pressure was on quarterback Tom Brady all night forcing three interceptions and no touchdowns. The Bucs ended the night with only 8 rushing yards on five carries.

NASCAR

Chase Elliott won his first NASCAR Cup Series championship title by winning the final race of the season. Chase and his dad Bill became the third father-son duo to win the title. They join Lee and Richard Petty and Ned and Dale Jarrett.

 

 

 

 

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